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Wildlife management

Wildlife management and licensing advice for birds and mammals

Controlling Moles

The mole (talpa europaea) is a common British mammal. Although it is not often seen, the damaging results of it's tunnelling are all too visible.

Whilst molehills and tunnels are merely a nuisance in gardens, in agricultural situations they can lead to :

  • contamination of grass by soil may lead to poor quality silage being produced
  • risk of damaging grass-cutting machinery
  • disturb roots and damage plant growth

There are two methods of controlling moles - trapping and gassing using aluminium phosphide. The control of moles should only be carried out if the molehills and tunnels can not be tolerated.

For badger and other wildlife enquiries, contact

Welsh Assembly Government
Rhodfa Padarn
Llanbadarn Fawr
Aberystwyth
SY23 3UR
Tel 0300 062 2297/2290/2241
 
To report a suspected illegal poisoning call  FREEPHONE 0800 321600

Moles - Technical Advisory Note

29/11/10
The control of moles should only be carried out if the molehills and tunnels can not be tolerated.